Johnson isn’t buying excuses…from anyone

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson doesn’t buy “being on the same page.” He’s also not spending money on “playing faster,” “simpler schemes” or anything else that he’s hearing right now as reasons given by anyone, including his players, as to why his team seems different this season than last, when it won the ACC championship.

He’s aggravated at his team, all right. He said that he’s “up their tail right now, and I’m going to be until they reach their potential. I’m not trying to be their friend, I’m trying to be their coach.”

But some of his aggravation is focused on the Chicken Little perception that the offense isn’t as good as it was last year and the defense is falling apart.

The truth is the team is in almost the same spot as it was last season: 2-1 in the ACC. The biggest difference between this season and last is this year’s schedule is backloaded with Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech, whereas last season most of the tough conference games were played in late September and early October.

He stopped his Tuesday press conference for a few seconds while someone tried to answer how many yards per carry the team averaged last season, compared to this season.

The answer: 5.2 last season to 5.6 this season.

The average points scored: 29.6 this season to 33.8 last season.

It’s not that bad. Though he’s not happy.

While the defense played better last week against Wake Forest, he said people shouldn’t be patting themselves on the back. There are still lots of issues: notably, a lack of big plays and trouble converting on 3rd downs.

In two blogs later today, we will take a look at these two areas and what is causing them.

But for now, Johnson is trying to bring out the best in the team.

“If we get beat by a team that is more talented and is clearly the better team, but we go out there and try hard and we do the right things, then it doesn’t do any good to yell at them,” Johnson said. “But, I don’t believe that to be the case to this point. I don’t think we are playing up to our potential and it is up to me to make them play up to their potential. Do I want to be the heavy all the time and the bad guy? No. I would love for somebody else to do it, but I don’t see anybody else doing it so therefore it is up to me.”

Here’s a nice read on how two former Tech players are helping Georgia State.

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124 comments Add your comment

furman b

October 6th, 2010
4:10 am

Rockdale Jacket

October 6th, 2010
5:07 am

PJ knows better than anyone else what his team`s potential really is. As a fan, I do believe that this team does not have the ability to win more than
eight regular season games at most given that we still have Clemson, VT, Miami and UGA left on the schedule. I will be happy with 7-5 in a year with a new defense and loss of four standout players from last year

Wait a second Rockdale

October 6th, 2010
5:47 am

I will not be satisfied with 7-5. I understand where you are coming from. And I understand losing four great players from last year. However, you just don’t forget how to run the offense. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s time for the Offense to gel and do what it’s suppose to do. We have the talent, not Dwyer talent, but solid. Hill is a good talent, just needs to settle down. Move Allen to A-back!!! Ok I will stop Venting lol. Go Jackets!!

SanDiegoJacket

October 6th, 2010
5:52 am

It is so refreshing to hear Coach Johnson talk about our team vis-a-vis Mark Richt. Our coach, coaches. He knows what he needs to do to get our players coached up to their potential. What a refreshing concept. I’m sure that this week we’ll be better. Like has been said, we have a tough road ahead of us, but of the 4 biggies, I’ll bet we win at least 2 of them. Third downs have definitely been a problem. We will get better as the season goes along.

THWG every day in every way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SanDiegoJacket

October 6th, 2010
5:53 am

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Born2Buzz

October 6th, 2010
6:12 am

Hey Rockdale, did you read the blog? PJ will not be happy with 7-5 and he doesn’t want to hear excuses like losing 4 talented players and running a new D. Man, I love our coach.

GT71

October 6th, 2010
6:37 am

He says the right things, he does the right things. CPJ, whether the team goes 7-5 or 5-7, will be CPJ.
And that’s the reason he was hired…and the reason he’ll be here a long, long time.
I hope.

Paddy

October 6th, 2010
6:46 am

I love to hear this guy talk. You always know where you stand. And NO Coach Speak!! I love old school coaching.

Alabama Jack

October 6th, 2010
6:53 am

Beats Pepper Rogers standing on his head and his habit of trying to interview opposing coaches for his coaches show before every game.

GT Fan...

October 6th, 2010
7:02 am

Rockdale Jacket is actually a GA fan folks. “I’ll be happy with 7-5…” Come on dude. Of course he would, GA already has 4 losses.

If he really is a Tech fan then get rid of him with that kind of “Chan Gailey / Dave Braine” thinking.

If GT finishes 7-5 that will SUCK!! I, for one, will not be okay with 7-5. Too much talent, and too much coaching to be losing 5 games. Again, this ain’t Chan Gailey coaching the Jackets anymore! Gotta get the kids’ heads out of their arses and get’em focused; one game at a time. If PJ can do this then they will be fine.

lilhomer

October 6th, 2010
7:03 am

besides, Shreveport…I20 West and drive about 12 hrs….

Tokyo jacket

October 6th, 2010
7:10 am

I agree with him. There have been a lot of people on here who say he blames the players (probably UGA impostors). But, he very clearly said that it’s his responsibility to get the players ready to play to win. I really respect him. I think we’ve got good things in line for the rest of the year. I still think we can win the ACC and beat UGA in Athens to knock them out of bowl contention.

How much would you LOVE to tell your UGA friends that Tech has a longer bowl streak the next time they talk about some of the crappy bowls we went to during the Gailey era?

db

October 6th, 2010
7:14 am

Sounds exactly what the doctor ordered. There is no greater motivator than a ticked off coach! Go Jackets!

Munson's Toupee

October 6th, 2010
7:55 am

BEAT GEORGIA!!!

ThatStingHurts

October 6th, 2010
7:56 am

To Stephen Hill: Every time I dropped a pass, it was because I was thinking about it. Just grab the @#%*# ball …..with your hands !

reebok

October 6th, 2010
7:57 am

the man is old school. i love it. GO JACKETS!

Buzz ME

October 6th, 2010
8:07 am

You tell em CPJ and don’t ever go soft like Richt. All you UGA’ers out there know you would love CPJ

Stinger

October 6th, 2010
8:18 am

Johnson is not the Genius that everyone thought! This team is the worst since the Bill Lewis stuff years ago! It’s starts at the top with Johnson! He needs to coach them up and not blame the players for the coaching blunders!

Old Gold

October 6th, 2010
8:20 am

Johnson will leave faster than Bill Curry !

michael

October 6th, 2010
8:22 am

never be satisfied. we should be undefeated up until now. and i think we all thought the same thing.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
8:26 am

Johnson nothing but Big Talk!

cltgtfan

October 6th, 2010
8:27 am

I was so glad to hear Johnson was upset at the play in Wake. Many of the articles talked about us playing better against Wake, but I thought it was the worst offensive game of the season. We were letting undersized Wake Forest get guys in the backfield on almost every play. A Wake Forest defense that is awful held us to our lowest yardage of the season and we were lucky to win. Johnson should be in their backside, because they looked awful. It is the execution that is lacking right now, part of that is talent related, but the overwhelming part is mental. That is why I love the fact that he is all over the players to improve that part of it.

Go Jackets!

Ben

October 6th, 2010
8:32 am

It’s simple. His recruits just aren’t as good as the ones Gailey recruited. You were living off those guys. Now you have navy caliber players and you’re playing like it. Next year will be even worse.

Astropig

October 6th, 2010
8:33 am

It says something that expectations for this team and this program have risen so much since Johnson arrived. When Chan Gailey was here ,there would have been long late night parties at beating Wake. Instead , the team and its fans are kicking themselves for not beating them even more soundly.

This , by the way , is a good sign…

TI

October 6th, 2010
8:35 am

The season is always, beat Georgia and it will be successful.

Mark

October 6th, 2010
8:43 am

No the big difference is we lost to a bad kansas team and barely beat a horrible wake team. We are not even close to being as good as last year. Last year’s team would have beaten kansas and wake by a cumulative 80-20

joe schmoe

October 6th, 2010
8:45 am

I, like cpj will not settle for 7-5. These guys are killing themselves on the field with dumb plays and mental mistakes. Go our there playing 100% and get after the ball!

Mark

October 6th, 2010
8:45 am

Also, last year we covered the spread in every game we were favored in except for ga. We were favored over ku, lost. Favored over Nc State lost. Favored by 10 over wake. Won at the end by 4. Let’s see if they play better against the cavs.

Cole

October 6th, 2010
8:46 am

PJ is in denial about his recruits.

Ha ha

October 6th, 2010
8:46 am

“The season is always, beat Georgia and it will be successful.”

That is so unbelievably pathetic.

And I’m a lifelong Tech fan.

gt45

October 6th, 2010
8:53 am

Still have gager fans imposing on the Tech blog! Amazing! Best be worrying about who your next coach will be!

joe schmoe

October 6th, 2010
8:57 am

Got to love the UGA imposters infiltrating the blog… classic and typical unclassy

michael

October 6th, 2010
8:57 am

this just in, paul hewitt has been named as the replacement for mark richt and bill lewis will step in as the replacement for paul hewitt.

BartBuzz

October 6th, 2010
8:59 am

I can’t believe all the doomsday talk. Yes, our record could and probably should be better. But look at it this way. It’s better than being 1-4 with a bunch of 4 and 5 star players. Coach Johnson is a competitor. The season is far from over.

juvenal

October 6th, 2010
9:03 am

someone stealing 5150 again….the last time GT won 20 in 2 years?….still, got to get tiring, endless neg-posting ’bout cmr…

Chuck Allison

October 6th, 2010
9:03 am

Tech needs less rap music and more running stadium steps.

DawgGoneFishing

October 6th, 2010
9:07 am

Hey: CMR is 1-1 against CPJ and 7-2 against Yech since 2001.Go figure SanDiego Yacket.See you in Athens????

Curlygreg

October 6th, 2010
9:17 am

I don’t think yards and points are the problem this year. It’s turnovers, including not converting on 4th down. Combined with a weaker defense and a tougher schedule: 6 – 6.

Tech Tony

October 6th, 2010
9:29 am

He’s aggravated at his team, all right. He said that he’s “up their tail right now, and I’m going to be until they reach their potential. I’m not trying to be their friend, I’m trying to be their coach.”

I think this CPJ quote is the difference between our school and the 1-4 school down the road.

dobearsbare

October 6th, 2010
9:38 am

DawgGoneFishing, that’s 8-1 since 2001. And it’s funny how posters on the Tech blog complain about Georgia people posting here when they’re doing the exact same thing. Goose/gander, etc., etc.

30-24.

Donnie025

October 6th, 2010
9:40 am

ALLL DA WAAAY TURRNNT UP!!!! ALLL DA WAAAY TURRNNT UP!!!!

Buzz

October 6th, 2010
9:42 am

Mark quit betting on the Jackets then!!! What I am the most frustrated with is our offense and the lack of a different formations. I would love to see Nesbitt in the shot gun formation and have the pass/run option!!! Especially when we get behind!!!

Carpets of Dalton

October 6th, 2010
9:42 am

I don’t know about you, but I think winning is stylish.

GTJeff

October 6th, 2010
9:43 am

THIS is the kind of talk I have been waiting for from CPJ this year. Hopefully he can execute.

juvenal

October 6th, 2010
9:45 am

besides, when we get chan paid off, we may have different priorities 4 the $…….we post there, we use our regular alias…

1-4 Powerhouse Soon to be 1-5

October 6th, 2010
9:47 am

I love the way UGA fans prove our point.

Chris

October 6th, 2010
9:49 am

This is the difference between Tech UGA right now. Richt is making excuses and trying to be the nice guy. He’s trying to find the positive even after 4 straight losses. Johnson is never satisfied. Even after a win he’s furious and expects more form his team.

Ramblin Man

October 6th, 2010
9:54 am

Stay on them CPJ. This team can make a turn around.

juvenal

October 6th, 2010
9:57 am

both teams are in transition(read Matt & Doug’s excellent O-line post, note the use twice of R-Fr, soph once)-i like the probability of which direction ours is going better, especially with great improvement with academics….

Yellow Fuzzee

October 6th, 2010
10:03 am

Go punch em in the face